MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have shed more than $13 million in payroll and three established starters in preparation for free agency.

The Vikings released left guard Steve Hutchinson, right guard Anthony Herrera and cornerback Cedric Griffin on Saturday, cutting three players who’ve been in their starting lineup for the better part of the past five seasons or more.

Hutchinson, a five-time first-team All-Pro pick, spent six years with the team after signing the richest contract for a guard in league history. He was due to draw a $6.95 million salary this season, and the Vikings are aiming to get younger as they rebuild from a combined 9-23 record over the past two years.

Griffin came back from anterior cruciate ligament tears in both of his knees, but he struggled in 2011.

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Comments (10)
  1. Really? says:

    Griffin? Definitely. Herrera? Sure. But Hutch? Why get rid of Hutchinson? One of the few who showed up on Sundays

    1. Greg Looseanus says:

      Makes sense to me. I just hope they get a good Tight end.

  2. Ray says:

    I agree with “Really?”. We could use his locker room leadership. Fine to release him IF you’re that sure you can adequately replace him soon. The big issue with the Vikes was QB protection. He wasn’t to blame for that. It’s one thing to “get younger”, but another to actually get qualified help to replace him. Hope you gassed up your crystal ball Spielman.

  3. a fan? says:

    Who did Hutch protect this year or last? none of the Viks GBs. Too much money for too little help.

  4. Keep It Real says:

    Hey Ray, you said “We could use” are you on the queens? Don’t be such a damn hick! The Vikings suck and are moving to LA.

    1. Michell says:

      Hey ” KEEP IT REAL” you need to move asap to LA, people like you sucks.
      GO VIKING’S.

  5. MrCD says:

    Cut cook, the henderson boys and we’ll start to get on track!

  6. Ray says:

    Oh Ok..I’m not on the Vikes. But I’m not a sell-out artist like you appear to be. You should practice your name KEEP IT REAL… No LA , except in your dreams. I’m not the hick here jerkweed.

  7. Frank Talk says:

    Why don’t they shut down for a couple of years.
    The money they save on salaries could be saved up and used to build a stadium.

    Then they wouldn’t have to alienate the state by ripping off the taxpayers.

  8. J says:

    Hutch was cut because of his age, his upcoming salary, and his health, Cook’s future will be determined by the outcome of his trial, and both Henderson boys are FA’s, so you can not cut them anyway

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